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What is a Contractor?

A contractor in the construction industry is a professional who is tasked with the responsibility of managing and executing construction projects. This could be anything from building houses to constructing bridges. They are often employed by construction companies but can also work independently. Contractors coordinate all the services required for a construction project, such as acquiring necessary permits, hiring specialised subcontractors, sourcing materials and equipment, and ensuring safety protocols are adhered to. Their role is crucial in ensuring the project is completed within the stipulated timeline, budget, and conforms to building codes and plans. They act as the main point of contact for clients, architects, and builders involved in the project, ensuring smooth communication and resolving any issues that arise. Therefore, a contractor plays a key role in the successful completion of any construction project.